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In our report in September 2017 we examined the steep increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioids in the United States and Canada, and fears that Europe may face a similar epidemic. We now take a closer look at the extent of opioid use in the UK, the steps being taken to address this, and the potential impact on insurers.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is currently making its way through parliament. We explore some of the practical and financial implications of the proposals, for local authorities, the NHS, and the private sector.
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues in relation to childhood abuse trials, unidentified drivers, an EL claim following a terrorist attack, the ability to adduce evidence in relation to life expectancy and concerns over the security of periodical payments against the backdrop of Brexit.
A summary of key developments, including an update on the Civil Liability Act (whiplash claims and discount rate review), the small claims track, post-implementation review of LASPO, Scottish civil justice reforms, online court modernisation, regulation of claims management companies, the McKenzie Friends consultation and the review of ADR within the civil justice system in England and Wales.
Case review 03/05/2019
The much anticipated decision of the Supreme Court has now been handed down with Lord Sumption delivering the judgment, which was unanimously supported. The judgment is unequivocal in the determination of the issues before the court, but is this the end of matters?
Case review 02/28/2019
The question whether periodical payments by a 'passported' insurer are ‘reasonably secure’ pending the unknown future outcome of Brexit was considered in a recent case. The parties were agreed that the answer was in the affirmative, but the court had to satisfy itself when approving the settlement.
A report on the first International Online Courts Forum held in London in December 2018. The forum was organised by HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and SCL, a charity committed to greater understanding of the impact of IT on law and legal practice.
The road to reform on the personal injury discount rate has been long and winding but Deborah Newberry, our Head of Corporate and Public Affairs, suggests with the strict timetable in the law there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
The government needs to do much more to bring stakeholders together if it is to successfully implement autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the UK, we have told the Law Commission’s consultation on the introduction of AVs in the UK.
Case review 02/07/2019
A recent decision from the All Scotland Personal Injury Court offers protection to road users from the unexpected and unnecessary actions of others.